Thursday, September 3, 2015

VEGAN MOFO: Quick, Easy, and Delicious


You guys know me, quick and easy dinners are my favorite.  Easy vegan meals can be very simple but pack an incredible amount of flavor.  Here is a collection of my favorite simple, tasty meals you can whip up in no time!





























We keep a ton of these dinners in constant rotation, because they are easy to make, healthy for your body, and tasty!  Many of these can be made ahead of time, and you guys know how much I love batch cooking!

What are some of your favorite easy vegan dinners?  What recipes have you seen today on Vegan Mofo?  Leave me a comment!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

VEGAN MOFO: Mama V's Minestrone


The prompt today was to make a meal from our childhood, so I knew immediately what I wanted to make!  My mom would fill our house on the weekends with amazing scents, and one of my favorite dishes from her arsenal was minestrone soup!  She makes this dish often when my sister and I come home, and I love walking in the house and smelling the rich tomato broth and herbs.

Whenever I get sick or miss my family, I whip up this soup.




You may think that minestrone sounds a little heavy for the late summer months, but this recipe has been tweaked to use up all those yummy summer veggies bursting from the market.  This is a great soup to batch cook.  You can freeze a few servings and pack up the rest for lunch!





Mama V taught me a long time ago to assemble items that taste good, and if you put them together in the right way, the dish will take good.  I love to play with vegetables, as you can see!





Mama V's Minestrone

Ingredients:

  • 2 red onions, diced
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and diced
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 3 yellow squash, cubed
  • 1 zucchini, cubed
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into 2 inch pieces (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 jalapenos, cut into rings (optional)
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tbs dried oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 64 oz low sodium vegetable stock
  • 3 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 cup dried rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup green lentils
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh basil, cut into thin strips
  • 15 oz canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  1. Prep onions, garlic, and vegetables.
  2. In a large stock pot, heat oil on medium/high.
  3. When oil has been on heat for 1 minute, throw in onions.
  4. Cook onions down on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Add garlic and saute for 3 minutes, stirring often to keep from burning.
  6. Add dried oregano and salt and saute for 1 minute.
  7. Add in tomatoes and simmer at medium for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  8. Add in squash, zucchini, jalapeno, and bell peppers.
  9. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  10. Add vegetable stock, water, and tomato paste.
  11. Bring to boil.
  12. Add in pasta and lentils.
  13. Reduce to simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  14. Add in chickpeas, green beans, and kidney beans.
  15. Cook an additional 10 minutes.
  16. Add in fresh basil, saving a few strips to top.
  17. Serve warm!



This soup would make my mama proud!  It's definitely one of my favorite dishes from childhood!

What was your favorite meal from childhood?  Was it vegan, or can it be made vegan?  What other childhood dishes have you seen today on VeganMOFO?  Leave me a comment!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

VEGAN MOFO: Rise and Shine, it's Breakfast Time


Let's kick this vegan month of food off right, and everyone knows the key to a great day is what you put in your body first thing.  I'm talking breakfast, people.  It's the most important meal of the day.

Instead of giving you one breakfast recipe, I thought I'd share with you some of the most delicious vegan morning meals I've enjoyed.  The whole point of vegan mofo is to showcase how amazing vegan food can be, and there's not better place to start than breakfast.


Which one of these looks the best to you?  What's your favorite vegan breakfast?  Leave me a comment!

Monday, August 31, 2015

VEGAN MOFO IS HERE


Tomorrow is the first day of September, and you know what time that is... VEGAN MOFO!  To celebrate this vegan month of food, they have changed things up.  This year, instead of just posting as much as possible, there is a theme.  I will be trying to hit as many topics as possible.  Here is the list based on the day:

1 Rise and Shine! It’s MoFo time! Tell us about your breakfast. 
2 Recreate a meal from your childhood. 
3 Quick, easy and delicious. 
4 Tell us about a weird food combo that you love. 
5 Best sandwich ever. 
6 Re-create a restaurant meal. 
7 Make / eat some thing inspired by a book or film. 
8 Reach out! Make a new vegan friend & tell us about it. 
9 Most retro recipe. 
10 Something blue. 
11 Focus on a nutrient 
12 Tell us about your favourite cookbook! 
13 It’s kitchen tour time! 
14 Share something vegan (and delicious, duh!) with a non-vegan. 
15 OMG, Barack Obama is coming over because he knows you make awesome vegan food! What are you going to make? 
16 What’s your favorite late summer food? 
17 Make (or eat!) a traditional local dish. 
18 Honor a human or non human animal who inspires your veganism. 
19 Lunch on the go. 
20 Veganize an old family recipe. 
21 What three endless food supplies would you take if you were going to be stranded on an island? (Imagine your nutritional needs have been met, these are a bonus!) 
22 Make a dish using all seasonal produce. 
23 Fusion Challenge! 
24 What (inset well known person) would eat if they were vegan. 
25 Share your favorite cuisine. 
26 It’s cold and rainy and there’s a snow drift outside your door! What are you going to make using the ingredients you have? 
27 Favorite herb or spice? 
28 Tacos VS Burritos. Where do you stand on this important issue? 
29 What would you bring on a vegan road trip? 
30 Autumn equinox eats. 

I think the topics this year are really great. This is a good time to reflect on food I've been creating over the past year and more, so I've created several compilations based on the themes.  It's always a good time to categorize posts as well as introduce new readers to content.  You can follow along on social media with the hashtags: #vgnmf15 and #veganmofo.  There won't be a blog roll button like in years past, but I'm sure you'll notice your feed readers bursting with similarly themed posts this entire month.  I'll be posting some on instagram, too.


Are you a blogger too?  Are you participating in VeganMofo?  Readers, do you follow VeganMofo every year, or is this your first time?  Leave me a comment!

Friday, August 28, 2015

30 Things I Did in my 20's


Yesterday, I turned the big 3-0.  I'm feeling really good about my 20's and incredibly excited about what's to come in my 30's.  To celebrate this big birthday, I wanted to look back on the past decade and embrace all the wonderful things that have happened.  There were hard things and let downs and injuries, like every life, but I'm a glass half full kind of person, and I like to embrace the positive!


I've also snagged some of my favorite pictures over the past decade to share.  I'm fortunate to have already had so many great experiences, and I can only imagine that the next decade will be full of many more.

30 THINGS I DID IN MY 20'S

  • 1 fell in love with my best friend


  • 2 studied in Italy and visited many cool places across europe

  • 3 went to music festivals and saw great bands
  • 4 went vegetarian
  • 5 quickly went vegan

  • 6 started cooking
  • 7 rescued a tiny kitten who made us a family
  • 8 started backpacking
  • 9 watched my mom crush cancer
  • 10 graduated from architecture school

  • 11 started cycling

  • 12 moved to Little Rock



  • 13 watched a lot of great friends have awesome weddings

  • 14 experienced great loss
  • 15 broke my leg
  • 16 started practicing yoga
  • 17 ran two half marathons

  • 18 bought a house
  • 19 became a licensed Architect
  • 20 made some paintings
  • 21 started a vegan food blog
  • 22 started learning about photography
  • 23 started writing an online food column for a local paper
  • 24 walked through buildings that were created from my mind
  • 25 adopted two more kitties
  • 26 watched my friends make amazing kids
  • 27 married my best friend


  • 28 went on an awesome 10 day trip to Hawaii


  • 29 learned to stop hating my body and be happy today
  • 30 started looking forward to my 30's










I'm so fortunate to have the best family, friends, and partner that a girl could ask for. So, bring it, 30's! I can't wait!

How do you feel about birthdays? Do you like to reflect on the past? Leave me a comment!